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On a roadtrip through Arizona, Colorado, South Dakota, Utah. recs?

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tdp Apr 15, 2006 03:01 AM

I'm on a roadtrip through the grand canyon, mesa verde in colorado, denver for a couple of days, on to South Dakota, then likely through Wyoming and Utah back to Los Angeles.

Looking for good tasting food as I know we'll get sick of the fast food on the road.

We don't want fine dining, this is a casual fun trip, and we didn't pack anything nice :)

I'd love to try some game: bear, deer, buffalo, antelope, etc, if possible

but anything great to eat for a good value is great. Kind of on a budget as well.

Cuisine type is definitely open. Not afraid of going to a dive-y type place.

Thanks for any help.

  1. k
    katejlogan Oct 31, 2007 12:17 PM

    If you get to Jackson and you want wild game go to the Gun Barrel Steak & Game House. It is excellent. Somewhat pricey but worth it. They have seasonal hours so check first. Reservations recommended. It gets very busy there.

    You can have buffalo anything at the Irma Inn in Cody. It is the hotel that Buffalo Bill Cody started back in the day. There is rumored to be a haunted motel room there also, but I do not know first hand.

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      Char Apr 19, 2006 12:24 AM

      I'm guessing you'll be in the Black Hills of South Dakota? There are not many restaurants that serve wild game. SD is beef country, so plan to enjoy some steaks! Don't miss Cheyenne Crossing south of Spearfish for hearty biscuits and gravy for breakfast or Indian tacos for lunch. In Deadwood at the top of the Midnight Star Casino (Kevin Costner's) is Jake's. It is expensive, but 4 star. They usually have some wild game on the menu, as well as THE best walleye in the world. Jeans are acceptable there. The best consistently great steaks in the area are found at Fireside Inn, west of Rapid City. Casual, but in the style of a 50's lounge with a wood burning four sided fire place in the middle of the restaurant.

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        Tha Groovin' Gourmet Apr 16, 2006 08:45 AM

        John beat me to it with the Jack N Grill rec. That should be at the top of your list for Denver.

        Also noteworthy in Denver are Mescal (great for late night munchies)
        and The Hornet (yummy and reasonably priced New American...way casual place). For breakfast, if closeby Federal and I-70, you could do much worse than McCoy's, an old school coffee shop with solid food and service.

        It might be a bit of a jog out of the way, but Maddox Restaurant in Brigham City, UT is worth the detour. Killer steaks...with the stockyard out back of the restaurant. I love their ground lamb. The yeasty rolls with raspberry butter are almost worth the trip alone.

        I traveled Wyoming for 7 years on business and never found a remotely chowworthy place. Good luck, and let us know if you find something.

        1. j
          John Apr 15, 2006 01:09 PM

          Jack and Grill in north Denver for New Mexican cuisine. Not to be missed.

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